Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip

Hello sweet friend! How was your weekend? Ours was busy! I still can’t get over how fast time is flying these days! We are already planning for summer vacations and summer camps… it’s going to be a fantastic summer (plus this year I’m home with all three kiddos, I’m really looking forward to it)!

I have so many ideas and plans for the summer, and I want the kids to get involved in planning a great couple of months home together, so I am in the process of getting our Summer Planner together (more on that coming soon!!).

Summer also means another thing: summer get togethers! Who’s with me? Pool parties, bonfires, dinners out and at home… after a winter of hibernating it just seems that everyone is itching to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. I love having people over and making lots of food to enjoy, but seeing as I want to try and make healthy choices (since it’s so easy to over indulge in all of the snack food), I thought I would share with you an amazing dip that is always a huge hit around here.

Enjoy this Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip at your next get together! Only 3 SmartPoints per serving! It may be lighter in points but not in flavours!

I lightened up this Buffalo Chicken Dip by using calorie-wise dressing, and light cream cheese. The hot sauce, and the mozzarella cheese are still a huge part of this, and although the dip is lighter, the flavours definitely aren’t!

Quick tip: Pre-cook 3-4 chicken breasts in your slow cooker at the beginning of the week with just a little salt and pepper. Cook on low 4-6 hours. When they’re done, shred with two forks, let cool and throw into a zip bag in your fridge. That way you have delicious lean chicken ready for salads, throw in casseroles or to add to this delicious dip! 

Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip

A lighter version of one of my favourite appetizers. Perfect for game day or any gathering!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:17 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 brick Light Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup Buffalo Hot Sauce (like Frank's)
  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing reduced calorie
  • 1/2 cup Parmesean Cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a food processor add the cream cheese, ranch dip, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and hot sauce. Pulse until well combined.
  • Stir in the shredded chicken. Pour into an oven safe dish, and top with remains cheese.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling. Serve hot with your favourite crudités or crackers.
Servings: 16 servings
Enjoy this Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip at your next get together! Only 3 SmartPoints per serving! It may be lighter in points but not in flavours!

Also, to help stay on track, I serve this with a mixture of both whole wheat crackers and cut up carrot & celery sticks. If you do decide to cut up vegetables for this, I suggest you use something that’s sturdy and can scoop dip.

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What is your favourite potluck dish to bring? How about a go to snack? Make this once, and I promise you will have guests knocking at your door or inviting you to the next BBQ because of this dip.

Enjoy this Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip at your next get together! Only 3 SmartPoints per serving! It may be lighter in points but not in flavours!

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30 Comments

  1. Buffalo chicken dip is always a staple at the parties I go to because it is everyone’s favorite!!! Of course, I always eat too much of it and it doesn’t help my waistline:( So thank you for a great recipe that will allow me to eat more and not feel guilty about it!!

  2. We’re heading into winter over here but book-marking this now for when summer returns! Sounds delicious and nice to know it’s a bit lighter in calories (but not in flavour!). Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Now I feel a little bad that I’ve been making this recipe all this time without knowing how to lighten it up! We were eating the Kraft magazine version and feeling fourteen pounds heavier afterward. Haha! I’ll definitely do it your way next time. Thank you so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  4. Sounds great… What is Franks Hot Sauce, it is not something available on this side of the Atlantic and using 3/4 of a cup of what I think is hot sauce would make something scary hot 😮 😀

  5. Mmm, buffalo chicken dip is a favorite of mine. And who doesn’t love a lighter version!? Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday last week.

  6. Hello! My hips and thighs will thank you for this recipe. Your buffalo chicken dip looks so good. Glad it’s a lighter version .. does that mean I can eat more? I think it does, lol! Have a lovely week, Kim.

    1. When I made the lighter version and the regular my husband couldn’t tell the difference, and I think that’s the trick! Because let’s be honest, game day foods are good – but not always good for you. So any way I can lighten it up helps! I serve this with carrot & celery sticks as well as crackers so I can veer towards a little healthier snack as well 😉

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